By the time Jesus showed up on the scene, this attitude of self-righteousness wasn’t even considered a bad thing. And, honestly, it wasn’t all that bad of a thing… Unlike today, righteousness wasn’t some kind of moral judgement - it was as cut and dry as a credit score! Someone was righteous if they followed the rules, paid the temple taxes and offered the sacrifices at the festivals. You were unrighteous if you didn’t. The only moral component came down to things like, “did you really choose the best grain or the best goat to offer at festival time?” Of course, being righteous took time and money… lots of time and money. Sacrifices were expensive. Taxes were expensive. Week-long festivals weren’t possible without a staff of slaves or paid workers to tend the farm. And so, the rich who had the time and money to be righteous, built up a cocky sense of superiority…
So you can imagine their anger when Jesus shifted righteousness from a credit score to a moral judgement… It didn’t cost anything to love God. It didn’t cost anything to offer God spiritual sacrifices. It didn’t take a staff to pray in secret. When righteousness was transformed from a public measure of specific works of piety, to a spiritual measure of prayer, fasting and mercy, everyone was suddenly on the same level… everyone went back to being a child of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That was jarring at best for the 1000 year establishment of David and Solomon.
It should be obvious, but it bears repeating... Jesus did not condemn wealth. He didn’t say that poverty was magically good or that wealth was magically bad. He reminded everyone that wealth was - and is - dangerous. Money gives the illusion of power, and power gives the illusion of being god-like. Money is a dangerous thing to have in large amounts… but on it’s own, money is just a thing... neither good nor bad. Faithfulness… now that’s what really matters.
Insights From Second Street
Our pilgrimage to Rome is now a year away. We will have a meeting on the 29th at 6:30p in the parish hall for anyone who is interested in any way - even if you don’t plan to come… But why are we doing this?
I’m glad you asked! :) Pilgrimage is not vacation. We’re not traveling 10,000 miles round-trip just for the food or the sights. Pilgrimage is an ancient Christian tradition that began with the apostles. The journey has always been a metaphor for the spiritual life. The journey begins with a choice and a sacrifice. It begins with a commitment to undertake something significant. The sacrifice is all the things that you could do with the money and time that you give up to make the trip. With the sacrifice and the commitment made, the pilgrim sets out into the unknown. Along the way, the pilgrim encounters the good and the bad. We’ll see beautiful things and things that challenge our ideas. We’ll have moments of real bliss and moments that are downright unpleasant. (For me, that’ll be the food and the fact that I HATE to fly.) The height of the pilgrimage will be the Holy Mass at our sister Basilica San Maria Majjore. We’ll bring our intentions and our thanksgiving to Our Lady there. Then we’ll return back here, newly renewed and enthusiastic to live our faith more fully and more zealously.
What’s more, the pilgrims who do travel will bring along, in their hearts, the entirety of the parish. The real, invisible grace that comes from pilgrimage will bring real, meaningful blessing to the entire community of faith. It will build up our connection with the universal Church and with the Pope in Rome. It will provide perspective and understanding. And it will provide an opportunity for both prayer and leisure (as I wrote about last week).
If anyone is interested in learning more about pilgrimage in general or more about our pilgrimage specifically, please plan to attend on Tuesday. God Reward You. -FrR
by Tommy Myrick
The Liturgy is a dialogue between God and man. Many liturgists recognize this fact, and focus on the conversational aspect of the people. “Make sure that you say/sing the responses. Make sure that you “actively participate” at Mass. Make sure that you’re always praying the Mass. Don’t get distracted! Stay focused! Don’t forget to respond when you’re supposed to!” ...It’s enough to make your head spin!
The entire reason for a dialogue is communication. There should be times where a person speaks... then there are times when a person should be silent and listen to the other. There is meaning and necessity in the practice of silence at Mass!
Now, that doesn’t mean that we get the green light to ridicule or give nasty looks to the poor mother who is comforting her child at Mass… that baby is loved and desired by God just as much as we are. We all share one Faith, one Church, one Baptism.
What I’m getting at is, we as individuals should take time to be silent and listen during certain parts of the Mass. When the Lord speaks to us during the Liturgy of the Word, are we paying attention? Are we trying to apply what we are hearing from the ambo, and what we’re reading in the missal? Are we open to the thought of changing aspects of who we are to become closer to the Most High?
Next time you have the opportunity to attend Mass, I invite you to take a second, relax, and take it all in. Take in the smells of incense being offered as a prayer to our God. Take in the words spoken by the priest, the deacon, and those read by the lector… ponder them in your hearts. Listen to the music prepared by the choir... think on the words that they are singing. Let the Lord speak to you at Mass! Let Him give you direction and peace!
- PILGRIMAGE MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th! Those interested in traveling with us to Italy next October should plan to attend a meeting in the Parish Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 29th, at 6:30p. Trip discounts and an opportunity to question the head of our pilgrimage company will be available. Registration/payment for the trip will also begin at this meeting. Remember that pilgrimage spots are first come, first serve, and our trip has a hard cap of 45.
- NO CCD, OCT. 30th Instead, students should attend Mass in observance of the Holy Day of Obligation. Those Mass times are listed below.
- NOVEMBER 1st IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION Holy Mass for All Saints’ Day will be offered on Thurs, Oct. 31st, and on Fri, Nov. 1st. — Nov. 1st is also First Friday, so the schedule will be: Thu, 10/31 - Vigil Mass @ 6p — Fri, 11/1 - Mass @ 6:30a, Adoration @ 7a-5:15p, Benediction @ 5:15p-5:30p, Mass @ 6p. — The Friday Evening Mass will be the “Conventual” Mass with music and incense. All other Masses will be “Simple” Masses. All are welcome!
- FIRST FRIDAY & FIRST SATURDAY The First Friday & Saturday of each month are kept in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Adoration on First Friday begins after morning Mass and continues until Benediction at 5:15p. Sign-up at the back of the Church if you can watch with the Lord for an hour. First Saturday Mass and Benediction are at the usual time, 8a.
- OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD It’s that time of year again... to make a difference in a young child’s life! You can help a young boy or girl by participating in this worthwhile project. Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through simple, gift-filled shoe boxes and evangelistic materials. Shoe boxes and step-by-step instructions can be found at the back of the Church. Boxes will be due, Sunday, November 17th. For more information, call Diane at 318-352-9919.
- Tues, 10/29, 2014 Pilgrimage Meeting, 6:30p @ Church Hall
- Wed, 10/30, NO CCD Classes
- Wed-Sat, 10/30-11/2, Parish Directory Photos, W-F 2p-9p & Sa 10:30a-5:30p
- Thurs, 10/31, Holy Day of Obligation VIGIL, All Saints’ Day - 6p @ MBIC
- Fri, 11/1, Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints’ Day - 6:30a & 6p @ MBIC
- Fri, 11/1, SMS Football Game (Away), 7p @ LaSalle
- Wed, 11/6, Parish Supper, Talk & CCD Classes, 5-7p @ St. Mary's School
- Fri, 11/7, SMS Football Game (Home), 7p - vs. Northwood Lena @ Turpin Stadium
- Wed, 11/13, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
- Wed, 11/20, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
- Wed, 11/27, NO CCD Classes
- Wed-Fri, 11/27-11/29, MBIC Office CLOSED, Thanksgiving Break
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 10/26 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/27 9a Rebecca Lavespere, (Lector) • Ed & Cindy Smith, Emelda Odom, (EMHC) • T.Hare, J.Cunningham, M.McCart, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/27 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Lillie & Sam Misuraca, Lucile Ingram, (EMHC) • W.Lee, D.Thompson, I.Lovemore, (Altar Boys)
Thu 10/31 6p Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • James & Betty Durham, (EMHC)
Fri 11/1 6p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC)
Sat 11/2 4p Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • Mickey Hennigan, David Bouchie, Nita Maggio, (EMHC) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 11/3 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Alice & James Barrios, Stephen Taylor, (EMHC) • M.Vienne Jr., P.Vienne, J.Miley, (Altar Boys)
Sun 11/3 11a John Laborde, (Lector) • Barbara Laborde, Jean Gill, Tara Whitehead, (EMHC) • Adam (Joseph) Parker, Jay Parker, John Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
The Sanctuary Flowers and Sanctuary Candles may be offered in memory of a loved one by contacting the office.
- Sat 4p: Cyril G. Mouch, Sr. & Shirley Slimer & William J. Clair, Jr.
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Richard Ragland & Kevin Morgan
- Mon 6:30a: William J. Clair, Sr.
- Mon 8a: Helen Bostick
- Tue 6:30a: Fannie Cariere
- Wed 6:30a: Russell Cook
- Thu 6:30a: Clay Hennigan
- Thu 9a: SMS Students & Faculty
- Thu 6p: Pro Populo
- Fri 6:30a: Rosalina R. Lopez, Nicanon V. Lopez, Sr., Danilo R. Lopez, Virginia C. Lopez, Lilia Pendleton
- Fri 6p: Pro Populo
- Sat 8a: Janell deVargas
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it, may sense the nearness of God’s love. And that, the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God’s word.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Mark Birch, Bill Boone, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Emilia Cofio, Johnny Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Vicki Gahagan, Lillian Giering, Sophie Gill, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Pam Kerry, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Martha LaCaze, Daniel Laroux, Brooklyn Leach, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Brent Trichel, Billie Vercher, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, & Janine Waters